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Alexandra Robbins wanted to find out if the stereotypes about sorority girls were actually true, so she spent a year with a group of girls in a typical sorority. The sordid behavior of sorority girls exceeded her worst expectations - drugs, psychological abuse, extreme promiscuity, racism, violence, and rampant eating disorders are just a few of the problems. But even more surprising was the fact that these abuses were inflicted and endured by intelligent, successful, and attractive women. Why is the desire to belong to a sorority so powerful that women are willing to engage in this type of behavior - especially when the women involved are supposed to be considered 'sisters'? What definition of sisterhood do many women embrace? Pledged combines a sharp-eyed narrative with extensive reporting and the fly-on-the-wall voyeurism of reality shows to provide the answer.

©2011 Alexandra Robbins (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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I finished this in days!

A great 360 degree view of sororities. I enjoyed the story telling piece mixed together with the informative piece. I truly enjoyed reading this.

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So interesting!

I'm decades out of college, and was never part of the Greek system, but it's fascinating to learn about!

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Interesting story, weird performance

Overall I found this book pretty compelling, but the reader paced things in such a way that there were long pauses midsentence and no pauses at all between chapters - it was hard to tell what was a new thought and what was just strangely performed.

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Biased

I thought her approach to this book was extremely biased. While there certainly were truths in some of the examples she gave, there were very few positives to counterbalance the negatives. This is in contrast to the book that she wrote called Fraternity, which contrasts two fraternities with very different cultures and leadership models, which I found interesting and informative. In Pledged, it was not only the examples and scenarios she wrote about, but the literary style she uses to make even getting a manicure sound self serving and shallow. My personal experience as a sorority member in my college years at the University of Washington and now as an advisor is that my membership gave me life long friends, tools to be successful in the working world and now the fulfillment of giving back and mentoring young women. I would also like to state that my sorority has a collegian membership that consists of 40% women of color. Our alumnae and our members are proud to be known for our diversity and of the philanthropic work we do in our community.